Construction owner builds on faith, family

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Christopher Zeman

Leading With Faith winner Christopher Zeman. Photo by Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit.

Christopher Zeman

How do you apply your faith and Catholic values at work?

I try to respect the life and dignity of the people I come in contact with and work with. Sometimes, we don’t always have the same goals or objectives, but I really try to remember that they are all made in the image of God.

Please tell a story about a time when applying your faith at work really made a difference.

I believe it makes a difference every day. With each day, there are things that will make me tend to become anxious: unmet expectations, miscommunications, unreasonable requests, etc. My faith and God’s presence in my life allow me to combat my natural personality to get anxious about these things and allow me to deal with them objectively and calmly and treat others fairly.

Who or what has been most inspirational to you in bringing your faith to the marketplace?

I’ve learned so much from the living example of my parents, Dave and Barb Zeman. My faith has also grown immensely by watching and listening to my wife Lori. And, last but not least, working alongside the examples that my brothers Mark and John live out in their day-to-day lives.

What achievement at work are you most proud of?

Regardless of whatever financial success Zeman Construction may have achieved over the past 25 years in business, I have and will always declare that our company is a greater success in the fact that right from the start and to this day we have always learned to work together as a family.

In what specific ways have you experienced God’s presence in your workplace?

God will always provide for us the things that we need. I have experienced this so many times in my workplace through the projects we lose, the ones we get, the people we work for and with. I look back on them all, and there is always a blessing in them, and I believe each experience makes me a better person.

Profile

Age: 48

Company:  Zeman Construction Company

Title: Vice President/co-owner

Parish:  St. Joseph, New Hope

Spouse:  Lori

Children:  Benjamin, Emma

Activities: Extraordinary minister of holy Communion, middle school mission trip leader, facilities committee member, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Meals on Wheels volunteer at St. Joseph, member of Alumni Board of Managers (Philanthropy Committee) at Dunwoody College of Technology

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